How I Ended This Summer
How I Ended This Summer (2010)

On a desolate island in the Arctic Circle, two men work at a small meteorological station, taking readings from their radioactive surroundings. Sergei, a gruff professional in his fifties, takes his job very seriously. His new partner,… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 28, 2010
DVD Release Date: May 10, 2011
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Jenkins
Time Out

So-called 'slow cinema', if executed with delicacy, has the power to exert a trance-like hold over us, but this one falls flat at every dreary hurdle.

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Andrew O'Hehir

How I Ended This Summer combines memorable images of the gorgeous, rugged wilderness, meticulous sound design that emphasizes the characters' isolation, a dash of dark wit and a dose of madness.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Bleak and unfulfilling psychological thriller set at a Russian meteorological camp on a desolate island in the Arctic Circle.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

What stays with the viewer is a sense of a man unraveling from his own mistakes and weaknesses.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Popogrebsky sets up the quiet tensions between his two generationally divided characters like a chess match pocked with occasional power grabs...

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Simon Weaving

A cinematic and dramatic treat, this spectacular piece of contemporary Russian filmmaking follows two meteorologists stationed on a remote Arctic island. An allegory on old and new Russia, it's part art-house thriller and part atmospheric poetry.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Just when you think that nothing more is going to happen, all hell breaks loose in the form of a deadly game of cat and mouse.

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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice

Playing an ignoble protagonist, Dobrygin keeps his motives always quietly evident; later, lost in a fog painted red by an emergency flare, he's an abject vision of man in a hell of his own making.

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Alistair Harkness

Though gripping for large stretches, the lack of forthcoming information - especially with regards to Pavel - proves more frustrating than enigmatic, with the tension dissipating at crucial moments.

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
I was really drawn in for the first half of this movie, even though it was rather slow. After that point, it seemed to take a detour into the "odd… More
Panta Oz
First thing about this film is the number of rewards it received: from 60th Berlin International Film Festival got Silver Bear for Best Actor: Grigoriy Dobrygin… More
Walter M.
"How I Ended This Summer" is a suspenseful movie, yet not in a traditional sense, as it neatly paced in a slow burn in a remote weather station that… More
Daniel Parsons
Slow-paced but compelling and startlingly acted two-hander. Review soon.
Cameron Johnson
Oh, youngsters these days and their shooting video games, iPods with techno pop, and not wanting to fish or tell their co-worker about mistakes and tragedies in… More
Daisy Maduro
How I ended this summer was a Russian psychological drama about two meteorologists, Sergei, and Pavel, who were stuck on an isolated island in the Artic polar… More